With 2018 being the final year of the 100 Year commemorations of The Great War, the staff and apprentices at SETA (Stockport Engineering Training Academy) were only too happy to help the Friends of Stockport Cemeteries, Reddish Army Cadets and the Royal British Legion make a statement.
In a follow up from the 1:3 replica of a Mark 1 WW1 (Female) Tank we constructed in 2016 celebrating 100 years since the tank was first used in the Battle of the Somme, we have now taken to the air with an 8ft tribute to a Bi-Wing Aeroplane.
It is a model of an S.E. 5, arguably the most famous British scout aeroplane of the Great War, (please see below for original spec of the plane).
The Bi-Plane will be used in the Willow Grove Cemetery, Central Drive, Reddish, Centennial Memorial Parade on Saturday 10th November at 10 am.
All are welcome to attend.
The plane will then be transported to Reddish Cadet base where it will join the Tank in a permanent position and permanent upkeep by the Army cadets.
WW1 BI-Plane Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Royal Aircraft Factory
Type: Fighter
First Service: 7 April 1917 (S.E.5)
Number Built: 5,205 (S.E.5 and S.E.5a)
Wing Span: 26 ft 7 3/8 in
Length: 20 ft 11 in
Height: 9 ft 6 in
Gross Weight: 1988 lb
Max Speed: 120 mph @ 15,000 ft
Ceiling: 19,500 ft
Endurance: 2.5 hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 Vickers .303 (port side of the fuselage)
1 Lewis .303 gun (mounted atop the upper wing)